Celebrating my 40th birthday at F1 Hotel, BGC

Yes, you’ve read it right. I’m 40 and just when I thought I’d get depressed over it, the tide went the other way.  It’s been one heck of a ride getting here, but God’s been truly faithful in every single day. I’m excited! My life is, again,  beginning.

And since it’s such a milestone, I wanted to spend it with my husband and kids at F1 Hotel in BGC, using the FREE staycation voucher I won from Phenomenal Mama.

Well hello there, neighbor! We shall see you soon. 🙂 #staycation #winner #family

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Reservation was a breeze

Reservation was pretty easy. I simply called the hotel to, well, reserve a room. The girl on the other end asked for our details, told us the room was available on my birthday, and that was it. We received an email with the instructions and we sent in our scanned voucher. Check in was at 2:00 PM and check out time was at 12:00 NN the next day.


See you soon, @f1hotelmanila! Thank you @thephenomenalmama . Can’t wait! #staycation #family #soon


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Room to pool, pool to room

Our entire stay can be summed up with two areas of the hotel: Our room on the 11th floor and the swimming pool area on the 3rd floor where the Canary lounge and F1 Hotel’s all day dining area are also located.

Our kids deciding on their bed

We opted for the room with two single beds, as we always do, so the kids can have a separate bed from us. The “single” beds were big enough to accommodate all three of them, even leaving some space for night rolling and whatever movement they do when they’re asleep.

The paintings were fabulous!
Toilet and bath

The room is spacious enough for the kids to run around a bit. They, of course, didn’t let the staycation pass without using the beds as trampolines. And although the space in between the beds were a bit wider than usual, they still managed to leap from one to the other.

Remind me to never underestimate my kids’ acrobatic skills again!

Mahogany was a prominent color in the room, which I like very much. It’s so classy. But my favorite among the accessories were the abstract paintings that hung on the wall. After interviewing an abstract expressionist painter last week, these works of art have taken on a new meaning for me.

Not much view for someone who’s already from around here, but if you look down, you’ll see S&R. That’s great view if you like pizza! Haha!

It rained!

It rained hard when we got there. Sign that summer is almost over? But the kids couldn’t wait to jump into the swimming pool, so we got dressed and went down as soon as the rain stopped.

F1 hotel has three swimming pools: A round kiddie pool, a square one or Family pool that goes from 3.5 feet to 4.5 feet, and a long, rectangular one (lap pool)  that went 4.5 feet all the way.

Kiddie pool

Judah liked the kiddie pool a lot, he’s not much into deep waters yet. The other two eagerly joined me and Jay at the square one, practicing their newly-learned paddling skills.

I had to keep an eye on Lukas because he kept swimming towards the 4.5 feet and sometimes, cannot surface. I can’t believe the spunk this kid has! I seriously think that swimming is their sport.

Even Pablo, who’s more cautious in the water, has been improving quickly. I taught him freestyle and he’s getting better at it. I’m so happy.


That’s our plan, to set aside soccer for the meantime and sign them up for the swimming school in our area which has a really good reputation for raising swimming champs.

My husband and our precious-es!

Anyway, the swimming pools were cleaner the next morning when we came back after breakfast.

We tried the lap pool but went back to the family one right away. The water was a bit cold and we just didn’t feel comfortable in it. We prefer burning up under the sun, haha!

Feeling right at home
We love burning up under the sun

Breakfast is tops!

Although we didn’t have to pay additional for any of our kids, (our voucher only includes room for 2 people with breakfast), we were told that they’re only at a 50% discount with the breakfast buffet.

Unlike in Taal Vista where our kids were allowed to eat from the buffet for free, at F1 hotel, only kids 4 years old and below can avail it for free.

(Read: Stay-cationing at Taal Vista Hotel)

Since they were too excited to jump into the pool to eat plenty, we decided to just go for the a la carte menu. Pablo dislikes spaghetti and chose to eat mini burgers instead, which they all shared among themselves.

Mini burgers

We got some food for Judah, but he preferred eating off his brothers’ plates.

Our breakfast feast!

I was surprised at how much variety their breakfast buffet has! They’ve got some for heavy eaters, bread eaters, pancake and waffle eaters, light eaters, and Filipino food eaters. They have adobo!

I, of course, got bacon, scrambled eggs, mashed potato, steamed fish with sweet n’ sour sauce, and my most favorite of them all was the creamy broccoli mix. I’m not sure what’s in it, though, I checked the name but forgot. Momnesia, hah!

My husband got a lomi-like soup which he says tasted really good. He loves the Vigan longganisa the most!

The orange juice tasted fresh, too, although the glasses were just twice the size of shot glasses. You’re allowed to get more anyway, so the glass size didn’t really matter.

I’ve read bad reviews about their breakfast, but I didn’t see any of what they’re complaining about at all. I didn’t need to wait for queu and we were able to go back and get more food when we wanted to.

The food was also delicious. One of the best breakfast selection I’ve tried.

We sat outside, though, so I don’t know if it’s different for those eating inside the dining area.

Outdoor dining area
The bar

The kids want to live in F1 hotel

Our kids couldn’t get over F1 which is surprising since we just came from the beach. And they love the beach!


Pablo said he felt like F1 was his “home” and Lukas drew me a mother’s day card with all five of us in front of F1 Hotel. Cute right?


(Read: Camaya Sands: The beach and the beautiful)

Yesterday, Judah was throwing a fit about going back “to the hotel.”

Loving their bed
Loving them!

I think it may be the room that made the difference? Our beach trip was just a day tour, so we didn’t spend the night there. But at F1, we snuggled up in our beds until the next morning.

And my husband ninja-ing with the robe!

I’m just thankful to have won the staycation voucher. It wasn’t perfect (and I was stressing over two events I was covering the next day) but it was still a treat. And I choose to be thankful.

Thank you Tina of Phenomenal Mama and F1 hotel BGC for adding the special touch to my 40th.

F1 Hotel Manila
Address: 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Website: http://f1hotelmanila.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/f1hotelmanila
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“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

“You said that You delight in me, and I know Your Word is true” – Jon Owens, I live, I breathe

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  1. I’ve seen this featured in other blogs. The room is big and they have a nice pool. Happy Belated to you!

  2. Wow- it really looks like you had a blast with your family. Happy 40th Birthday you- may all good things come your way. As they say- life begins at 40 and I bet you its true. BTW, from what you relate here F1 rocks especially their breakfast buffet. Will check in soon…

  3. life begins at 40 and it seems you have enjoyed every bit of stay at F1 hotel.. i have heard of this place and been longing to book a day or two of staycation here … what a bliss..

  4. Glad you had that voucher! And yeah! Happy birthday to you! Age is just a number they say. 🙂 I am glad your kids enjoyed it too. So how did you break it to the kids that you’re going home? Would you bring them back to f1 soon? 😀

    1. Yes, I think I’ll be okay for another staycation. I do live around here, though, so I’m seeing it more like a place to date with the hubby and yeah, for the swimming pool, too. The kids really enjoyed that part of it. We do plan to come back for a dinner date. 🙂

  5. You don’t look like you’re 40! You look so young! I wish I would look like that when I reach that age. Hehe.

    Anyway, I’ve seen this hotel when it was being built. I wonder when they opened?

    The room was really spacious and great for a family staycation. Looks like you really enjoyed esp your kids. And that’s what should really matter.

    Belated Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

    1. Haha…that’s some pair of bionic eyes you’ve got there, Tiffany! Yes, our room didn’t have a bath tub. I’m not sure if the premiere and fort suites have them. 🙂 They are the bigger and better rooms, after all.

  6. I also joined F1 Hotel giveaways but I was unlucky. hehehe! Happy birthday May!

    Our family loves hotel staycation and before I reserve a room, I always check if my son is still free for buffet breakfast. =) Most of the time 12 years old below are free, some hotels 6 years old below. Only F1 Hotel pa lang nabasa ko na 4 years old below.

    1. I keep joining these contests, they actually lessen the costs of family staycations and all when I have vouchers to use. 🙂

  7. Belated happy birthday! How lucky of you to win the voucher, too! F1 Hotel looks nice and I love breakfast buffets. I usually go for the pancakes, cereals and bacon. Funny because we can always make those at home. hehehe

  8. Being 40 simply means adding experience and knowledge under your belt so I’m glad you didn’t get depressed over it like some people do. The rooms look relaxing by the way.

  9. that looks lovely babe! It looks like a lovely hotel to be in when visiting Manila with the kids! Which others would you also recommend?

    and… happy bday. the 4-0 is the new 3-0, have you heard 😉

    1. Bellevue hotel and Vivere in Alabang are two hotels I’ve seen and like so far. Sofitel, too. 🙂

      Yes, I’ve heard about 40 is the new 30, but I wasn’t sure if I really heard it or I’m starting to hallucinate, whahaha! 🙂

  10. First thing I noticed was the room size ..quite spacious that’s what I always look for when travelling with kids.kiddie pool is lovely small and perfect for them to enjoy.

    1. That’s because you’ve got a little boy! Me, too, I look for space, too, because I can’t contain my three little kiddos in a small one. 🙂

  11. Happy 40th Birthday! I think a staycation spent with loved ones is one of the best ways to celebrate your birthday. It’s intimate and it’s a moment that you share with the people who matter to you.

    My mom, my howe, and I are fond of staycations and trying out breakfast buffets ( breakfast is my favorite meal of the day ). There’s a huge possibility that I will go to F1 Hotel for the breakfast buffet, gotta see if their adobo is good. Lol.

  12. Glad you had a really nice birthday treat. Been wanting to try F1 Hotel. I have no doubt my kiddos will love the pool and the room too! Hopefully we get to do so soon. Happy birthday again! 🙂

  13. Belated Happy Birthday! Happiness is all I can see in the photos! Kids made it more delightful with their genuine smiles and wacky photos (love the Karate pose of Jay, too!) Anyhow, hotel looks nice. Haven’t been there, but will make ipon to try them soon! hehehe

  14. What a great way to celebrate your birthday. Happy birthday sis. Sulit ang stay nyo sa place, the pools are indeed good. But , I go lang sa kiddie pool.

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